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Giving Up Smoking

Giving Up Smoking

I hate to admit it, but I have been smoking for more than half of my entire life.  I don’t really remember why I started, but what I do know is that I need to quit.  I have tried a number of times in the past with little success, but unless I get another job, I just can’t afford to smoke anymore.

This time, I have decided that I am going to wean myself of smoking by using a vaporizer pen.  It is basically an electronic cigarette, and I love the fact that I can get e-liquid with varying amounts of nicotine in it.  So, for the first little while, I will use the same amount of nicotine that I would get from my cigarettes, but every couple of weeks I will reduce the dose and hopefully my dependence on cigarettes.

I’m in my third week so far, and things are going great.  I have been feeling a lot better and I can start to taste food again.  I did struggle a little when I dropped the nicotine dose down a little, but it really only took me a few days to get used to it.

For the first time in my life, I really feel that I will be able to quit smoking for good.  I know that I still have a long road ahead of me, but I do see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I know that I will be able to do it.

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December 21, 20140 comments
Providing Good Customer Service to our Clients

Providing Good Customer Service to our Clients

Working as an accountant for many years, I have seen so many questions come my way.  People come to me for advice on matters related to money, and they count on me to help them make decisions.  This means that I need to be educated on all sorts of topics, and it makes every day I come to work an interesting one.

During this time of year, I get a lot of questions about income taxes.  Many people are looking at ways to minimize their income tax bills and maximize their refunds.  At this time of year, there is still time left to put money in their IRAs, donate to charity, or take advantage of the many tax write-offs available to both personal and corporate tax clients.  I work together with my clients to save them the most money possible, and I think that they appreciate it.

This year, I have decided to take my customer service to the next level and I have been giving my clients dates as to when they will receive their refunds.  I am basing my advice on information found here: http://filemytaxesonline.org/projected-irs-tax-refund-schedule-dates/

This information has been invaluable to many of my customers, and those of them that base big purchases on their income tax refunds feel a lot better knowing when they will be receiving their money.  It is just one more thing that I can do to provide my customers with better customer service.

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December 20, 20140 comments
Planning to Pay Off Our Car Loan

Planning to Pay Off Our Car Loan

It seems like we have been paying on our car loan for years, and though I love our car, I am really tired of making my car payments.  So, the wife and I decided that we were going to use our income tax refund to finish paying off our loan.

But we didn’t know how much money we were getting back.  Thankfully, I had bookmarked a tax refund calculator last year, so we decided to use it again.  All I did was input our income, and it gave us back exactly what we should get for an income tax refund this year.

It made figuring things out really easy.

With the money that we will be getting back, we should be able to pay off the remainder of our car loan, buy some new tires, and maybe have enough money left for something else.

Figuring what else we should buy will be a bit of a challenge, as I would really love a new computer, but I know that my wife will want to get something for the kids.  It just means that there will be a fair bit of negotiating going on between the two of us until one of us gets what we want.

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December 16, 20140 comments
Cleaning my Email List

Cleaning my Email List

As many online marketers know, having an email list is essential for an online business.  It allows you to stay in touch with your customers, let them know about current specials or new products, and gives you the opportunity to generate some revenue every time you send an email.  But your list is only as good as the addresses that you have in it, and from time to time I like to clean my email list.

But cleaning your email list on your own is tough.  Without the right tools and software, it becomes a day long process which doesn’t go with my goal of being efficient as possible.  I tried doing it on my own once, and after the headache I had doing it, I am never doing it again.  The right course of action is to outsource your email list cleaning and spend your time working on your business.

List cleaning companies specialize in scrubbing your list until there are only live accounts.  They do this by removing duplicates, removing known spam keywords, compare your list to known bounce emails, filter out disposable email address, and many other filters to get your list as clean as possible. 

If you have an email list, consider getting it cleaned on a regular basis.  A clean list will help you to save money from your email marketing service.  It has been beneficial to my business, and I know it will help yours too.

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December 8, 20140 comments
What a Relaxing Friday

What a Relaxing Friday

There is just something about sitting down and sipping a cup of coffee on a Friday afternoon.  Sure, I am still at work with an hour or so to go, but just sitting here taking a break gives me inspiration to write.  It has been a good week so far, but I am ready for the weekend.

As for what is happening this weekend, I don’t have a lot planned.  I was going to go online and find some Christmas gifts for my nieces and nephews, but beyond that I am just planning to relax.

Anyway, I hope you have a good weekend – we’ll talk soon.

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December 5, 20142 comments
Learning Spanish

Learning Spanish

One of the things that most people don’t know about me is that I am bilingual.  I attended a French immersion school when I was a child, and while I don’t use it very much, it has been useful a few times in my life.  So, I thought that I would try learning Spanish as a third language.

I decided that I would use Rosetta Stone to learn Spanish as it seemed to be the easiest product on the market.  It was a proven system that used immersion to teach the language skills that I would be developing.  I wanted to be able to have a conversation where I didn’t sound like I just learned travel Spanish.

Now that I am a few weeks into my training, I see that it is going to take me some time to learn this language.  Thankfully, it has come easy to me so far since I know French.  When I am done learning this one, maybe I will have to try another – something a little more exotic.

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November 21, 20140 comments
Attending the Remembrance Day Ceremonies

Attending the Remembrance Day Ceremonies

poppies Every year I attend the Remembrance Day ceremonies in our area on behalf of the village we live in.  I have to drive about half an hour to get there, but it is worth it.

Each year we take a moment to think back on those who sacrificed so much so that we could be free.

I am just happy that we have never had to make such a sacrifice.

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November 11, 20140 comments
Halloween Tonight

Halloween Tonight

halloween night Tonight is one of those days that I look forward to every year: Halloween.  I am going to be dressing up and handing out candy at my door for a little while, and then I will be attending the same party that I attend every year.

It is going to be a blast.

If you live in the neighborhood, you should stop by – we are handing out full-sized chocolate bars this year.

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October 31, 20140 comments
Watching Need for Speed

Watching Need for Speed

So I thought it was time for a break from working, so I have decided to watch Need For Speed the movie.  I am not all the way through the show so far, but this would have to be one of the funniest scenes so far:

Not quite family friendly, but you are sure to get a good chuckle.

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October 7, 20140 comments
Hiking in Fall Colors

Hiking in Fall Colors

fall hiking trail

I love hiking at this time of year.  My allergies are just about gone, the bugs are too, and all you are left with is hiking through a glorious canvas of color.  Out here the fall is not so cold that you need to wear a big coat, so you can enjoy the walk without having to bundle up.

I took the dog and the camera out on our walk and we had a lot of fun.  We played fetch, and I was able to take a lot of nice pictures.

It was a wonderful day, and while I am dreading winter coming, I will love spending as much time as I can outside before the snow comes.

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September 29, 20141 comment